Emerald Coast Yacht Club (formally North Light Yacht Club)
The facility includes 55-wet slips, 13 jet-ski slips, 240-slip dry storage building, full-service restaurant, clubhouse, outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, and concierge services.
Phase I consisted of MRD permitting a 1,020 foot long bulkhead to stabilize the shoreline, and enclose an existing basin to fill the site to construct the dry storage building. The structural design included a steel sheet-pile bulkhead and a pile-supported concrete boat launch. Numerous design and construction challenges were encountered due to the poor soils and high water table at the site. A unique bulkhead tie-back system was designed to support the significant loads near the dry stack boat launch and due to the close proximity to the upland structures. To off-set the impacts of filling low quality wetlands, a mitigation and monitoring plan was developed, and 7,500 units of Spartina alterniflora were installed.
Phase II consisted of the design and permitting of the 280-foot fuel pier and two 40-foot launch piers in 9 months in time to support the completed dry storage facility. Phase III consisted of designing and permitting a fixed-pier wood docking facility, including full utilities for 55-wet slips which will moor boats between 40- and 55-feet in length. Due to the size of the submerged lands lease, the project was required to go before the Governor and Cabinet (Board of Trustees) for final approval. In addition, MRD worked with the adjacent property owners to answer questions and resolve concerns.